While we may be in the thick of the mindless summer blockbuster season, already there are murmurings of what's to come when we get into award-season territory. With a new trailer out for his World War II film Fury, Brad Pitt makes his 2014 screen debut.
Described by cast member Michael Pena as "a character study with action sequences," Fury follows a five-man crew behind the eponymous tank. Pitt plays their leader, Wardaddy.
While it may not look as funny as Pitt's last battle against the Nazis in Inglourious Basterds, the trailer shows a movie acutely aware of the casualties and side effects of war: Refugees are seen marching through torn-up fields, gunmen cry as they shoot down the enemy and the quintet at the film's heart ends up facing an entire army toward what appears to be the film's climax.
The film will also star Shia LaBeouf, Jason Isaacs, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal.
Fury already caused a controversy when it filmed scenes with Nazi-uniformed extras on Remembrance Day. Hopefully beneath the glum color pallet and character-driven narrative there will be a sensitive, thinking analysis of conflict and its impact. We will have to wait until Nov. 14 to find out.